TORONTO SHORT STORIES – NOVEMBER 21-29/2016

mountedforms1Top dollar for a Canadian work of art was reached in TORONTO when “Mounted Forms” by Lawren Harris sold for $11.21-million CAD. This includes an 18% buyer’s premium which goes to Heffel Fine Arts. The 90-year-old painting surpassed its expected sale price of between $3-million and $5-million.

royalalex2“Come From Away” opened at the refurbished Royal Alexandra Theatre and became an instant smash hit.  The Canadian/American musical has already played in La Jolla, Seattle and Washington DC.  It’s on its way to Broadway, and will be in TORONTO for the next two months.

telegrambldg1From the City of TORONTO Archives – a 1950’s photo of the Telegram Building at Bay and Melinda Street.

notfair1TORONTO’s transit system is being short-changed by the federal and provincial governments. The amount of cash per rider the feds and the province chip in to fund our system, over and above what passengers put into the fare box, is a pittance.

By comparison – Chicago gets $2.04US per fare drop; Boston $2.12; Los Angeles $3.00; New York City $1.52; Vancouver $1.86; Calgary $1.69; York Region (the 905 Toronto suburban region) a whopping $4.56; Montreal + or – $1.25; and TORONTO itself a penny-pinching 90 cents per rider. We’re being hosed.

volleyball1End of the Volleyball Season in the Beaches neighbourhood – photo by Bryan Blenkin

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